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U.S. Bank Stadium News & Notes - July 15, 2016

View renderings of the "Vikings Voyage", a dynamic interactive digital fan experience currently under construction inside U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings Voyage Provides Fans With Interaction, History At U.S. Bank StadiumFans attending Vikings events at U.S. Bank Stadium will have the opportunity to interact in a 10,000-square foot space located directly above the Vikings Locker Room Store in the building's northwest corner. The Vikings Voyage unites tradition and technology, providing fans a glimpse of the past with a larger than life sculpture of the Purple People Eaters steps from interactive competition stations.

Wearing RFID silicon bracelets, fans will have the opportunity to track their scores in a variety of interactive drills, including shuttle runs, vertical jumps and blocking sled tackling impact. Participants will be able to compete head-to-head against friends and leaderboards will measure top overall scores.

Privately funded by the Vikings and the Wilf family, the Voyage will provide fans with plenty of dynamic visual displays. A ship hull featuring a 27-foot video board provides fans with historical footage on modern technology. The first ever transparent uniform OLED in an NFL stadium will be located inside the Voyage, allowing Vikings fans an opportunity to learn more about the team's current uniform and pads. 

"As an organization, we constantly look to innovate and provide the best fan experience possible, and our approach was no different with the addition of the Vikings Voyage," said Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf. "The Voyage will bring fans together, allowing them to engage with their family and friends while celebrating Vikings history." 

Mortenson Construction Finishing U.S. Bank Stadium Prior To Grand Opening

Earlier today, Mortenson Construction Senior Vice President John Wood provided the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority with one final construction update before the stadium's doors open next week. The message was simple – U.S. Bank Stadium will be finished within the week.

When Substantial Completion was declared on June 17, the stadium had nearly 5,000 items left on its punch list. That list now stands between 150-200 items according to Wood, most of which are minor details that will be finalized by next week's grand opening. Wood stated that the goal from the beginning of the project was to make sure that there was no work left to be done when the stadium officially opens and that Mortenson continues on that pace.

View images from Tuesday's menu unveil at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Local Food Menu Finalized At U.S. Bank Stadium

The list of more than 20 local food and beverage companies has been finalized and was unveiled at a media taste testing event earlier this week. Options for fans attending events at U.S. Bank Stadium are endless and include items exclusive to the stadium such as Blue Moon Bacon Cheese Curds from Curds & Cakes.

From notable Minneapolis restaurants like Manny's Steakhouse to new concepts like T-Rex Cookie Company, the culinary offerings at U.S. Bank Stadium have something for everyone. Twists on simple stadium fare such as hot dogs, sausages and sandwiches give hungry fans at U.S. Bank Stadium plenty of options to choose from.

"From the onset, our goal was to create a very unique dining experience at the stadium, not something we've seen other places but something that is very unique to Minnesota, unique to the fans and everybody that comes in here," said Aramark's M Hospitality General Manager Jamie Hodgson. "I think we've done a phenomenal job with that, getting a cross section of many wonderful partners, many different food concepts and different tastes and flavors."

Super Bowl LII Launches New Website

Just a week before U.S. Bank Stadium opens its doors, one of the building's biggest events is giving fans a better look at what's to come. Launching today, the updated Super Bowl LII website serves as a central hub for updates and news connected to events and activities tied to the event that will take place in February 2018.

Content that can be found on the site includes a countdown clock to kickoff on February 4, resources for planning a visit for the big event and information about Business Connect – a program that helps local businesses get involved in being a part of the stadium's first Super Bowl since 1992.

To view Super Bowl LII's new site, click here.

View some unique high-res renderings of U.S. Bank Stadium, including a look minus the roof and with a corner cut away.

Design Revealed For New U.S. Bank Stadium Neighbor

The design of one of the final steps in Ryan Cos.' revitalization in East Town was unveiled earlier this week. Across the street from U.S. Bank Stadium, plans to build the 17-story office building were announced last month.

Additional plans of the building that will sit atop the Block 1 parking ramp will be discussed at an upcoming city planning commission committee.

At last month's MSFA board meeting, MSFA Chair Michele Kelm-Helgen that there has been approximately $1.3 billion in economic impact in the neighborhood outside of the U.S. Bank Stadium project.

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